Your iCloud account is so convenient, isn't it? It's easy to use, allows you to have all your files backed up in a nice little bank, and even connects your account to a bunch of different devices. The iCloud is the ultimate way to safely store tons of things—or is it?
These days, you really do need to think twice about assuming things are secure. Cybersecurity predictions for the future show that, if anything, hackers are going to get even more active than ever before. This means that you may find your iCloud account hacked if you're not careful.
You don't have to be one of the best black hat hackers in the world to break into an iCloud account. It's fairly easy to do so, too. The truth is that you need to protect your iCloud account from hackers if you want to stay safe.
Here are the best cybersecurity tips for keeping your iCloud under lock and key.
Use common sense.
All the typical internet safety tips and cybersecurity tips you're supposed to follow still will matter. This means that you should be aware of both phishing and vishing attacks—and that you can never give your password to anyone.
Part of being able to protect your iCloud account from hackers is realizing when something isn't legit. Apple is not going to call you from a local line to get your password. So, if you get an email or a call from "Apple," tell the hacker on the other end to buzz off.
Don't go on sketchy websites, even if you think Macs are virus-proof.
A common myth about Apples is that they are immune to viruses and malware. The truth is that they are not, and it only takes one visit to one bad website to get a key-logger installed on your Apple.
A key-logger will find out your password and send it to a hacker who will use it for nefarious purposes. Though this is relatively unlikely to happen, it's still a good way to protect your iCloud account from hackers, malicious cookies, and malware.
Don't choose a bad password.
Yes, passwords are aggravating. They are annoying to type in, and that's why most people try to keep their short and memorable. Unfortunately, smaller passwords that are actual words can make your iCloud account open to "brute force" attacks.
A better option is to have a longer password composed of both numbers and letters—and to avoid words like the plague. This can greatly reduce the chances of having a successful brute force attack.
Strong passwords and remembering to change your password regularly are the easiest ways to ensure hackers won't break into your account too easily.
Don't be a "high profile" person.
Though you can't always protect your iCloud account from hackers this way, it's worth pointing out that this is an important thing to remember. Certain kinds of hackers are way more likely to target major names, primarily because they may try to blackmail victims with what they find.
Keeping a low profile can help you avoid this kind of cyberattack.
Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
Let's talk about your password safety guidelines, okay? Even if you choose a great password and remain tight-lipped about it, that's still not enough to fully protect your iCloud account from hackers.
Hackers can use a bunch of other methods to get your password, and they can use the password to enter your account. A good way to reduce their ability to get into your account is to turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
This way, they won't be able to get past the second step without a lot more work. After all, they will need that verification code from your phone to access your account with this block added.
Watch where you leave your iPhone.
Though this seems like really obvious advice, it's important to point out that a hacker only needs to have a couple of minutes alone with your phone to find ways to hack into your iCloud account.
Your iPhone can be the gateway to your iCloud account for many streetwise hackers. Don't leave your phone alone around people you don't know.
Use a password management app.
A password management app makes it way harder for hackers to guess your password or use key-loggers to get your account details. They are secure, often have encryption added to them, and surprisingly easy to use.
That's why using one that works with all your passwords is the easiest way to protect your iCloud account from hackers. Downloading LastPass on your devices is a great way to ensure that hackers stay out and passwords stay secret.
Use a unique password for each site.
It's so easy to get lazy when it comes to your password protection choices. Hackers know this, and that's why they often will hack your account on one site to get a better idea of what your iCloud password will be.
Hackers are good at figuring out patterns, and if you're a person of habit, that's bad news. After all if you used 'cookie12' as your password for Facebook and Gmail, you probably have used it for your iCloud account too—and hackers will guess that, too.
Use a passcode lock on your phone.
This should be standard procedure, but it's not. The easiest way to keep someone from grabbing your phone and accessing your iCloud is to just put a passcode lock on your phone and tablet.
A passcode only takes a couple of seconds to punch in, but can save you a world of headache if someone tries to grab a device and mess with your information.
It all just boils down to being careful but not worrying too much.
There's a certain point where trying to protect your iCloud account from hackers stops being productive and starts being a nuisance. A little security upgrade helps, but if trying to protect yourself becomes a majorly time-consuming issue, you might be doing too much.
Apple does have great security, so if you're still worried after using these tips, mellow out, will ya?